Lighting with Paint: Vintage 1876

The Pendulum of Styles   The following review was uncovered in the dusty archives at the Duchy of Grand Fenwick Cinematheque. Then, as now, style was a dialectic. Artists experimented. Tastes changed. Academies and the Establishment were challenged. In one year, 1876, we see a spate of styles. Bold artists attempted to distinguish themselves from their confrères. At the same time,… read more…

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“A Beautiful Planet” – Canon, IMAX

Three Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Cameras and two EOS-1D C cameras were sent to the International Space Station for the IMAX production A Beautiful Planet. FDTimes discussed the technique and technology of this production with James Neihouse, ASC and Marsha Ivins, along with Tim Smith and Leigh Nofi of Canon. As Variety wrote, “Short of putting Emmanuel Lubezki through Astronaut training, it’s difficult to imagine more rapturously beautiful images of the Earth from orbit than those supplied by A Beautiful Planet, the latest collaboration between IMAX and NASA.” read more…

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Canon Compact Servo 18-80 T4.4 and a Discussion with Mr. Hibi and Imaoka

About the new Canon Compact Servo 18-80 T4.4 Canon’s Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 EF-mount zoom for Super 35 cine format is a new kind of hybrid lens. It combines attributes of 3 lines of Canon lenses: L-Series EF professional still photography lenses, Cinema Zooms with manual focus/iris/zoom barrels, and Cine-Servo zooms. The 18-80 comes in an EF mount. It has… read more…

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Rental Agent – Motion Picture Cameras (North Vancouver)

Clairmont Camera seeks a Rentals Professional for its North Vancouver office.  Here are the details: The applicant must be confident, very detail oriented, organized, personable, responsible with the ability to multi-task.  Excellent computer, phone and marketing skills preferred.  Prior experience with professional digital camera equipment, rentals experience and/or on set experience are a plus.  This will be a full-time position and… read more…

AJA Hi5-Fiber Mini-Converter

AJA Video Systems has updated the Hi5-Fiber Mini-Converter with 3G-SDI support for high frame rates. It is shipping now. The Hi5-Fiber’s small size lets you attach it to easily onto the back of a monitor and extends signal reach to HDMI displays up to 10km from the source. Hi5-Fiber converts 3G-SDI over single mode optical Fiber to HDMI. Up to… read more…

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Operations Manager – Camera Rental House (North Vancouver)

Clairmont Camera in Vancouver is seeking an Operations Manager. Here are the details: Fast paced film and digital motion picture Rental Company is seeking a multi-tasking, detail-oriented, organizationally exceptional person with excellent communication skills to manage the Operations Department. Must be a true “people person”. Ideal candidates will have at least 10 years of customer service experience, facilities / property management,… read more…

Tatara Samurai: Film on Film

By Yasuaki Mitsuwa Director Yoshinari Nishikôri and Cinematographer Akira Sako, JSC recently completed the feature Tatara Samurai. This interview took place at the Imagica head office in Tokyo after the first screening of the film in April.     FILM AND DIGITAL TIMES JAPAN (FDTJ): Tell us about the film Tatara Samurai. DIRECTOR YOSHINARI NISHIKÔRI (N): “Tatara” is a unique… read more…

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Panasonic VariCam Workshop at Keslow Camera

Article and photos by George Leon On August 6, Panasonic hosted a workshop at Keslow Camera covering Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam LT Cameras. The event introduced camera crews to the cameras and the latest technical details. Panasonic staff provided technical assistance to train end users in how to maximize the capabilities of these cameras. Keslow Camera staff were there demonstrate how… read more…

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Sony AXS-R7 X-OCN (Original Camera Negative)

As many suspected, Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder does a lot more than 4K RAW, full resolution 120p recording, and 30 second caching. Why else would it be larger than its older brother, the R5? The big news is X-OCN.     In addition to 16-bit linear RAW, the AXS-R7 will record Sony’s new 16-bit X-OCN format. X-OCN stands for eXtended… read more…

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Meeting Sony Designers and Planners in Tokyo

Meeting the Designers and Planners Shinagawa sits on the southeastern shore of Tokyo, just before you hit Tokyo Bay. It’s a collection of modern highrise office towers housing many of the area’s major corporations. The large building with the diamond patterned exoskeleton (above) is Sony’s Shinagawa Headquarters in Sony City. Peter Crithary, Sony’s Manager for large sensor cameras (below, far… read more…

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King Peter (DENZ) Sensor Positioning Gauge

King Peter (KP for short) is the latest optical measuring device for professional digital cinema cameras from DENZ. It provides accurate measurements of the image sensor’s position—including the optical center, rotation around the optical axis, and any deviation of the chip away from perpendicular. read more…

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The Rolling Stones in Cuba—Worldwide Release

The Rolling Stones Havana Moon feature-length film of the historic concert by The Rolling Stones in Havana, Cuba will be shown on September 23, 2016, for one night only, in cinemas around the world. Directed by Paul Dugdale (Adele, Coldplay) this concert film features ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘It’s Only Rock ’n Roll’, ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Satisfaction’ and more. The concert film and documentary were produced by JA Digital. SR Films handled all outside broadcast services, with PhotoCineRent Paris providing cameras, lenses, controls and heads. read more…

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Paralinx ACE

Paralinx updated their ACE close-range, zero delay, uncompressed wireless system. The chassis is improved and the DC IN connector is now a professional grade 2-pin LEMO. read more…

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Brexit, Part 2

Yas Mitsuwa, Business Development Director, Import Dept. NAC Image Technology Inc. in Japan, spoke with two industry insiders and finds out their take on the Brexit vote in the UK. Ronan Girre is Chief Executive & Head of Studies of ace (ateliers du cinema european) in Paris, France—a center for training and development to help independent European producers. Adam Torel is a British producer living in Japan and CEO of Third Window Films, distributing Japanese and other Asian films in the UK.

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Preston LR2 Demo and Keslow Open House

On Saturday, July 16, the crew from Preston Cinema Systems pulled into Keslow Camera’s Culver City headquarters on Blackwelder Street for a day of Light Ranger 2 demos and a Keslow Camera Open House. Howard Preston, Alanna Berkson and Matt Davis provided hands-on demos with a large variety of camera and lens combinations equipped with the LR2. The Light Ranger 2 is described by Howard Preston as… read more…

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Teradek Color Cine

COLR CINE is a new version of Teradek COLR with updated features and a new set of outputs. read more…

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“Cafe Society” opens July 15

“Cafe Society” opens in the US this Friday, July 15. It should be seen twice. First for the story, acting and directing. The second time for the art of the cinematography. Every frame a Rembrandt…er…a Storaro. The cinematography is spectacular. Although Vittorio will be the first to say that the most important thing in a film is the idea (story, concept), his cinematography is like watching  paintings that move. read more…

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GDU Tilt/Swing Plate

Global Dynamics United makes the best looking compact tilt/swing plate I’ve seen. It’s simple and quick to use. The GDU Tilt 20 is designed to tilt 20 degrees up or down. You can use it bolted to a piece of plywood as a low hat, attached to a car mount, or just flat on the ground. read more…

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Teradek Sphere

Teradek’s new Sphere is the core to monitoring a stitched 360 degree VR  quad HD stream wirelessly—without seeing yourself in the shot. It’s like VR Video Assist. Sphere also can do live web streaming of 360 VR content to compatible online platforms. read more…

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FUJIFILM X-T2 Still & 4K/UHD Camera

FUJIFULM North America today announced the newest in their interchangeable lens X-series cameras, the FUJIFILM X-T2. The X-T2 has received several significant improvements over the 2014 release of its predecessor, the X-T1, including a new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III SPS-C sensor, a large 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder, and  4K (3840×2160) video with a .mov file type. The X-T2 also received… read more…

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